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Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli

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Posted: 06/21/22 02:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fresh is always full, black and gray are always empty when traveling. Nothing sucks worse than not being prepared.


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pianotuna wrote:

jimh406 wrote:

Since water weighs 8.3 lbs a gallon, my full tank was around 500 lbs. I saved a few hundred lbs by not filing it all of the way up.


My weight with ALL tanks full (black, gray, fresh, propane, and fuel) is 13750 lb. That included two humans, with the RV provisioned for a 2 week trip.

Fresh water is 80 us gallons or 664 lbs. That's less than 5% of the total weight. Not enough to make a difference in fuel economy.


With all due respect, I don't agree with that. 700 pounds is 700 pounds. I'm certainly not challenging your way of doing things just totally disagree.

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notsobigjoe,

5% more in fuel cost? I get about 11 mpg. But I drive slowly. (about 79 mph) If I drive 80 mph that drops to 10 mpg.

My GVW is 14500, so I'm well within the limits.


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I travel with a 12 pack of bottled water and 1.5 liter of Jim Beam. That said, I fill the water tank. I think the Bigfoot water tank is fully forward so that helps put some weight forward. I have 1,000# of freeboard so it doesn't make any difference. I always travel with about 5 gallons of water in the black tank with about a cup of blue Dawn. Drain it only when I have to. Refill with water and Dawn.


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Okay, trouble in paradise. Brand spanking new camper and all of a sudden my water pump isn't working! I've only used it a couple times and it's been perfect. Do I have air in the system? How to get that thing primed again?? Assuming that is what the problem is...it is BRAND NEW!! HELP!

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You could have air in the system or you could be out of water or the pump isn't on.


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It's air. I can see it in the filter since it clear plastic. It's trying to clear it but can't. I don't know how to fix it. Super frustrating.

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Start at the closest faucet and go from there. If you have low point drains, start there.

You also can prime the pump with some water assuming you have access to it.

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An air leak on the suction side can also cause this . Check all fitting from water tank to pump .


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1. Brand new camper = warranty. Call the dealer. The pump may be bad and they OWE you a replacement. You paid for it.

2. Here's a thought on the full water tank: TRY IT. It's WATER. If you find yourself unable to maintain control of the truck, or having scary moments getting the rig stopped because of the weight, or feel that its adversely affecting your fuel economy, you can just pull over and dump the water out.

However, if you are so close to catastrophe that an empty/full water tank makes the difference, you've got bigger problems to solve.


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